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Expanding its digital video recorder technology portfolio, CacheVision Inc. has introduced a new line of DVR modules tagged for integration with consumer electronics appliances and set-top boxes.

The CacheVision CVM-3000, which can record up to 120 hours of audio and video, is a "plug-and-play" module for everything from televisions, DVD players and cable and satellite receivers, the company said.

Available in 40, 60 and 80 gigabyte varieties, CacheVision's modules are available today in sample quantities, with full production starting in the second quarter of this year. The 40 GB version is available for $250 per unit, the company said.

CacheVision, which faces fierce competition from the likes of SONICblue and TiVo Inc. in the stand-alone and sidecar DVR market, said it plans to differentiate itself in the market by allowing customers to "spec" out their own custom consumer features. Furthering that point, CacheVision's DVRs allow operators to brand both the hardware and the graphical user interface software.

The CVM-3000 complements CacheVision's DVR box products. At last November's Western Cable Show, CacheVision unveiled both stand-alone and sidecar DVRs for cable operators.

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